Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been confirmed today that Galway Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh will finish up in the Seanad at the end of the month, triggering a by-election for his seat.
The Independent politician has been appointed communications manager with TG4, and will take up his new post next month.
Trevor O’Clochartaigh became a senator in 2011, and has been involved in various bids for the Dáil over the years.
The Carraroe man, who sits on the Seanad’s Agricultural Panel, recently resigned from Sinn Féin.
When contacted by Galway Bay fm news, the outgoing senator said he will remain in the Seanad until the end of February – but does not wish to comment further at this stage.
It’s expected his new role at TG4 will result in his retirement from politics.
He has previously worked in television production as a producer on Fair City and Ros na Rún, and is former manager and artistic director of An Taibhdhearc.
When Senator O’Clochartaigh vacates his Seanad post, this will trigger a by-election – which must take place within 180 days.
Only TDs and Senators are entitled to vote in such a by-election.
Galway Minister Anne Rabbitte vows to end long-term admissions of under-65s to nursing homes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has vowed to end long-term admissions of under-65s to nursing homes within six months.
The Ombudsman will today call for a date to be set for the practice to finish, when he appears before an Oireachtas committee.
Over 1,300 under-65s live in nursing homes at the moment – and Peter Tyndall is strongly critical of that.
Minister of State at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability and Integration Anne Rabbitte says she’s hoping to end the practice very soon.
Connemara councillors make call for exemptions for overnight parking of caravans
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara county councillors have passed a resolution calling for exemptions from the standard planning regulations in regard to overnight parking for motor caravans this year.
At a meeting of the municipal district, councillors were told that planning and safety issues normally come into play when facilities for tents and caravans are developed but that the situation would be explored in view of the Covid-19 crisis.
Caravan and motor vans are now a very common sight on the roads of Connemara – a situation brought about by the Covid 19 restrictions on accommodation.
However, facilities and parking space is needed and Councillor Pádraic Mac an Iomaire said at a meeting of Connemara Councillors that the southern part of the area is badly served in this regard.
Councillor Mac an Iomaire suggested that an area at Rosaveal Harbour and parking space at the GAA pitch in Máimín in LeitirMóir could be used for such purposes.
County Council Tourism Officer, Ruth Mulhern instanced initiatives in RosMuc and at the Cashel Community Centre in Connemara.
However, she said a further look at these facilities is needed in regard to the minimum requirements.
Director of Services Michael Owens said he would explore possible exemptions but planning permission and safety measure are the basic requirements in the longer term.
Bus Éireann to reinstate services on Galway to Gort route
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bus Éireann has announced that from this Friday, late services will be reinstated on the Galway to Gort bus route.
It follows the suspension of a number of Expressway 51 Galway-Limerick services last month, which resulted in the last bus from Galway departing at 5.05pm.
Local politicians expressed huge dismay at the move and the matter was even brought to the attention of Taoiseach Micheal Martin in the Dáil.
It’s now been confirmed that from Friday, the last daily departure from Ceannt Station will be restored to 7.05pm.
Bus Éireann says it recognises the later service from Galway is particularly important to people in South Galway and Clare.
It adds that guaranteed seat booking for the restored service will be available online at expressway.ie within a week of the resumption.